Friday, 18 May 2018

18 May 2018

The week ended with celebrations in honour of the Royal Wedding. The Nursery, Nursery Class, Infants and Junior Girls all embraced the party atmosphere with picnic lunches and dressing up.

Two showstopper cakes in the Girls' Division Bake Off final were also inspired by the Royal Wedding. The six finalists pulled out all the stops to create delicious and creative bakes, and the judges' job of choosing Year 7 and Year 8-9 winners was harder than ever before.

View a gallery of photos from all rounds of the Bake Off here.

The annual Football Festivals for Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 took place on the Bolton School pitches, with teams from more than 50 local schools taking part across two days. Both the Festivals enjoyed good sportsmanship from the players.

Girls' Division pupils studying history at GCSE and A Level had a special visit from an English Civil War musketeer. 'Obadiah Watt' came from the year 1649, the middle of the Civil War, and answered all of the girls' questions about the period - sometimes with surprising answers.

The Junior Boys took a trip to Liverpool to see the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at World Museum and learn more about China's first Emperor. The boys discovered more about burial rituals, found out about Chinese dynasties and saw several objects which have never visited the UK before.

Friday, 11 May 2018

11 May 2018

The Boys' Division U18 water polo team won the School's thirteenth consecutive title after winning the national finals of the English Schools’ Swimming Association (ESSA) competition. The School has dominated in all three age groups for the past four years.

The May Serenade was a wonderful celebration of the musical talents in the Girls' Division. The evening offered a varied programme featuring Girls' Division and Joint ensembles, soloists and choirs. Awards from the annual Music Festival were presented and a new tradition began, with the previous year's winners passing down the trophies to their successors. In addition, there was a breathtaking display of GCSE and A Level coursework from Art and Technology subjects.

Click the following links to watch a selection of musical pieces from the May Serenade:

Pupils in the Boys' Division learned more about the founders and benefactors of Bolton School in a special assembly to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Lord Leverhulme, who jointly re-endowed both Divisions in 1915 to create the Foundation that exists today. However, this year's assembly focused on two more modern additions to the School: the Tillotson Pavilion and the Chemistry Block. Both were built sixty years ago in 1958.

A member of staff from BSS Leisure has recently completed a Premier League Cycle Challenge, visiting twenty clubs in nine days - and covering 840 miles by bicycle! Mr Pete Lambert started in Newcastle and finished his epic journey in Watford. He was raising money for READY, a disability sport charity offering specialist equipment and sporting opportunities for young people under the age of 21, and has already collected over £2,000. Donate here via JustGiving.

Eight musicians from Bolton School performed at Bolton Parish Church as part of the church's lunchtime concert series. Pupils' varied musical efforts were much appreciated by the audience.

Bolton School has released a new video showing how pupils leave with an all round education. Watch it on the School website here or click the play button below:

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

4 May 2018

The Girls' Division hosted a Poetry Festival featuring poet Simon Armitage this week. The event included pupils from all year groups reading their own creative work, which had been written throughout the year, followed by an inspirational address from Simon himself. In addition, he read a wide selection of his own work and offered commentary on the background to each piece. The floor was then opened to questions, which he answered candidly.

The cups and colours assembly in the Boys' Division recognised pupils' successes, often on a regional and national stage. Almost 60 boys received awards as part of this celebration. In addition to full and half colour for traditional sports and the Arts, there were also colours for Outdoor Pursuits for the first time. Dominic Hardy received a new trophy, the Trevor Pledger Award for Volunteering in Sport.

A group of Girls' Division pupils in the Physics and Astronomy clubs visited Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry to take a closer look at astronaut Tim Peake's Soyuz descent module, which returned him to Earth in 2016. They also saw the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wore as he travelled into space as well as various other exhibits.

Sixth Form Boys received an insight into the Cowgill Holloway apprenticeship scheme recently from Cowgills partner Lisa Wilson and Old Boy Adam Flynn, who went on to the apprenticeship after finishing his A Levels in 2016. They were able to give students tips on the application and interview process and Adam could talk about the skills he found useful and what the apprenticeship is really like.

Boys' Division pupils in Year 10 were put through their paces on an Army Leadership morning. The Army North West Outreach Team offered a carousel of challenging activities designed to improve boys' teamwork, leadership and problem-solving skills as well as their resilience. They enjoyed thinking on their feet and working together to complete the tasks set.

Pupils from both Division were involved in the Royal Northern College of Music's Wind, Brass and Percussion Festival. Members of Bolton School's Senior Concert Band became part of a massed wind band for rehearsals and a performance on Sunday 22nd April. They also enjoyed a performance from the RNCM's Wind Orchestra.

Friday, 27 April 2018

27 April 2018

Year 9 pupil Manahil Masood was announced as the overall winner of the Show Racism the Red Card School Competition. Her emotive piece of artwork was picked as the best entry across eight different categories, which included thousands of pieces of art, creative writing and multi-media from primary and secondary schools across the country.

The School celebrated the achievements of all pupils who have earned Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards this year in a special joint ceremony. As well as hearing about pupils' experiences of the different sections required to complete the Awards, there was an address from the event's guest speaker, Old Boy Charlie Boscoe. Charlie shared five of his adventures and the lessons learned from them as well as advising pupils on how to live an adventurous life.

Nine Girls' Division pupils have been invited to join the Regional Academy Lacrosse Programme following trials. Five girls in Year 8 and three in Year 9 were successful in their trials.

Girls' Divisoon pupils from all year groups enjoyed a fascinating talk on medical imaging from Dr Lewis-Palmar. As Head of Screening Quality Assurance (North), she was able to explain why we have screening programmes, how doctors decide what to screen for and how people are screened, and how screening is different from other forms of healthcare.

A student in Year 13 and two Old Boys have been named as members of the Great Britain Under 19 Men's team for the upcoming qualifiers of the LEN European U19 Men’s Water Polo Tournament. Sixth Form student Harrison Barker-Smith joins former pupils Bill Moores and Ben Ray, who both left the School last summer after their A Levels.

The Junior Girls recently took part in the Bolton Schools' Cross Country Championships, where both the Year 3/4 team and the Year 5/6 team performed well and finished in first place! There was "double" good news for the Years 5/6 team who also won the Bolton Schools' Cross Country League.

Girls in Years 5 and 6 also did well in the Association of Junior Independent Schools (AJIS) Biathlon competition held at Rossall School. Two girls on the team achieved individual podium positions, with Pip Nuttall taking first place, and the girls as a whole did well enough to achieve first place for Bolton School in the team competition.

Two Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) who teach at Bolton School will soon be jetting off to Chicago for the Apple Distinguished Schools (ADS) Global Innovation Summit. Mr Ford, Boys' Division Deputy Headteacher, and Mrs Whittaker, Junior School Teacher, are among a select group of UK teachers invited to the event. They will present a workshop on how they use coding in the Junior and Senior Schools during their time at the summit.

Friday, 20 April 2018

20 April 2018

Dr Suzie Imber gave the last talk in this year's series of Science Enrichment Evenings held by the Girls' Division. The winner of BBC 2's Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? reality TV programme, a passionate high-altitude mountaineer and "explorer", and an inspiring physicist studying 'space weather', Dr Imber talked about all aspects of her life so far. It was particularly interesting to hear how her positive approach to failure and her teamwork and communication skills helped her in Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

There is one further Arts Enrichment Evening to be held on 2 May: a Poetry Festival featuring Simon Armitage and Girls' Division poets from all age groups.

The talk from Dr Imber coincided with a Festival of Science which was hosted at Bolton School throughout the day. Over 800 pupils from Bolton School and local primary and secondary schools took part in physics activities. There was an exciting presentation on finding the Higgs particle from Sam Gregson, and the Polestar Planetarium was set up in the Great Hall to allow pupils to experience space and the night sky as never before.

Two Sixth Form students studying French at A Level have taken part in the National Final of a French-language debating competition. Caroline and Maya performed well in the national round of the competition, and were also interviewed in French for the Francophonie UK Facebook page on the day.

The Junior Boys' School raised over £250 for the NSPCC with a collection at the end of their Spring Concert. The NSPCC recently visited Park Road to tell pupils about their "Speak Out, Stay Safe" campaign, and the money raised will go towards funding this campaign further.

Boys' Division pupils in Manchester House have been collecting items of clothing during a recycling themed week to donate to Bolton Hospice. These will be passed on to Bolton Hospice's charity shops to be sold, raising additional funds.

The Boys' Division Cricket Team kits are now being sponsored by Cowgill Holloway. The Bolton-based accountants and business advisors has sponsored the Cricket kits for all age groups, including the T20 kit.

Year 10 pupil Shreya represented Lancashire in the Under 18 Badminton Inter County Tournament. She was one of ten players selected to play for Lancashire. 32 counties were involved and Shreya played against representatives from 9 of these, winning 10 matches for her team.

Another Year 10 pupil Anna recently helped the Manchester City Academy girls' team to win the U16 FA Cup Final! The match, which was against Reading, was a fantastic experience for Anna.

Bolton School pupils who attend coaching sessions at the Manchester Real Tennis and Racquets Club in Salford received a Royal visit. The Earl of Wessex visited the club during a mini-tournament and handed out commemorative medals, which four boys and three girls who attend Bolton School received.

Year 5 pupil Corbyn had the opportunity over the Easter holidays to play in a European knockout tournament in Tuscany, Italy with Manchester United. He was the youngest player in a mixed Year 5 and 6 team, and played in four successful matches against European teams before the Manchester United side was knocked out in the semi-finals.

The Junior Girls' Year 4 and 5 Swimming Team returned from the Greater Manchester School Games with a bronze medal, adding to Bolton's successful medal haul from the competition. The Bolton School team were one of five Bolton teams to come away with medals.

The Boys' and Girls' Division Parents' Associations are moving with the times and coming up with new, creative ideas to collaborate with the school, engage parents and ultimately benefit pupils' development. The Boys' Division Parents' Association arranges 'Teenage Journey' talks throughout the year to help parents to navigate their sons' development. The Girls' Division Parents' Association also holds instructional events, and last year launched the Parents' Association Future Entrepreneurs event for Year 9 girls. This is in addition to fundraising to benefit all areas of school life, supporting School events and much more.

On 16 May, the Girls' Division Parents' Association has arranged An Audience with Ken Heathcote, a well-known fitness guru who is known as 'The Father of Fitness'. He will be interviewed on the night by journalist Angela Kelly. Ken has written several books, the latest being We’re Going To Live Forever, which will also be the focus of the discussion. Tickets are £5.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

29 March 2018

Pupils at Beech House Infant School showed an egg-cellent level of creativity by decorating boiled eggs for Easter. The Easter Egg Decorating Competition brightened up the school with an eggs-tensive display of the children's creations.

Old Boy Roger Gould, who is also an Executive Governor of the School and former President of the Old Boys' Association, has been selected to receive Maundy Money from Queen Elizabeth II in a special service held on the Thursday before Easter. This tradition, dating back over 700 years, today recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the Christian and local communities.

The Junior Boys welcomed in the new season with their fabulous Spring Concert. One of the final events before the Easter holidays, this special evening showed off the varied musical talents of the boys. There were performances from the Junior Boys' School choirs and ensembles as well as music from soloists, and the evening ended with a medley of Songs from World War I sung by the whole school.

Year 7 pupil Harriet has been invited to attend the England National Water Polo Academy for U14 girls. She has also been selected for City of Manchester teams and will take part in National Age Group Championships.

More videos from the Bolton School Spring Concert at the Victoria Hall are now available. Click the following links to watch: Bamboleo (performed by the Senior Guitar Ensemble), The Overture to the Barber of Seville (performed by the Joint Senior Orchestra), Northern Lights (sung by the Chamber Choir), I'll Be There (sung by the Girls' Division Middle School Choir), Caprice by Bourgeois (performed by solo saxophonist Abigail), and Gershwin by George (performed by the Joint Orchestra).

Pupils in the Boys' Division History Society enjoyed a fascinating talk on the history of the railways from Professor Paul Salveson MBE. He discussed the initial building of the railways and their early development as well as the effects that railways had on the Industrial Revolution. Boys also found out about a special celebration taking place in Bolton to commemorate 50 years since the last steam locomotive pulled out of the train station.

Hannah Bradley, an Old Girl, returned to Bolton School to offer a workshop on conflict resolution to Sixth Form students in the Girls' Division. Hannah is now a Dispute Resolution Solicitor and was able to talk students through various methods for resolving disputes. There was also a chance for students to role play a fictional dispute and try out some of Hannah's techniques.

Year 5 pupils at the Junior Girls' School had fun building their own roundhouse and viking longboats in a special architecture workshop that combined design and technology with mathematics. Working together, they created huge models using nothing more than bamboo poles and elastic bands.

Girls in Year 11 heard from Dr Daly, an Old Girl, on the subject of coping with stress and depression. This helpful PSHEE session offered pupils some practical tips on how to alleviate feelings of stress, from sitting still and breathing to indulging in hobbies or physical activity, and also candidly discussed symptoms of depression and when to seek help.

Children in Reception were given an introduction to Judo as part of the Sport Relief week activities. In addition to footwork games and following traditional Japanese instruction, they learned a Judo pin and were able to try it out on each other.

Charleigh in Year 11 is a young actor who has recently appeared in several episodes of Coronation Street! She has also been in two series of CBBC's Class Dismissed, which in 2017 won the Children's BAFTA for Best Comedy, and played Kayleigh's niece in Car Share.

The Under 13 Netball team has won the Bolton Schools' Netball Tournament. The girls dominated the group stages of the competition before facing a slightly more challenging final, where they nonetheless came out on top.

Looking ahead, the last of the Girls' Division's Evening Enrichment Events will take place on Wednesday 2 May, starting at 7pm. The Poetry Festival promises a celebration of creativity in the school: girls from all age groups will read their own work, followed by a reading from acclaimed poet Simon Armitage.

Boys' Division pupils are preparing to take over the village of Port Sunlight for a day! All year groups from Year 7 to the Sixth Form will be involved in this 'Leverhulme Festival' which will see pupils put on musical and drama performances, historical tours, art exhibitions, a geocache treasure trail and creative family workshops. The event will take place in multiple locations in Port Sunlight on Sunday 1 July.

Friday, 23 March 2018

23 March 2018

This year's Joint Production was Shakespeare's famous tragicomedy, The Tempest. Pupils put on a show filled with both magic and drama, transforming the Arts Centre into Prospero's enchanted island and playing out the story with talent and confidence.

View a gallery of photos from the four-night run here.

Bolton School's senior and junior school pupils were joined by children from several local primary schools for a night of unforgettable music-making at the Victoria Hall in Bolton as they put on a Spring Concert. Local primary school pupils helped Bolton School's musicians to perform two pieces, one orchestral and one choral, and the rest of the evening was filled with performances from the School's ensembles and choirs.

Several musical pieces from the night can be viewed via the following links: The Saga of Fred (performed by pupils from local primaries including Bolton School Junior Schools); A Bolton Suite (performed by the Joint Senior Orchestra and pupils from local primaries including Bolton School Junior Schools); Sing a Song of Sixpence (performed by the Chamber Choir).

Reception teacher Mrs Shaw decided to take on 'The Long Walk Home' and raise money for Sport Relief. The challenge saw her depart from school at the end of the day on Friday and walk 13 miles, up and down hills, to reach home in Withnell. Click here to sponsor her efforts.

In the summer term, Bolton School will host educational experiences about the English Civil War. Two education days for children in Years 5, 6 and 7, led by experienced local reenactors, will be held in June and in July Roundheads and Cavaliers will descend for 'The Storming of Bolton': a living history weekend in the ground of the School. These free events have been made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Five Boys' Division students came in either first or second place at the recent Classics Reading Competition. Bolton School dominated the GCSE Greek and Classics in Translation categories, with pupils winning the top two spots in these fields, while a Bolton School student also won the A Level Latin competition.

Children in the Nursery Class for Three and Four Year Olds had fun learning about springtime and nature at Smithills Farm.

Girls' Division pupils enjoyed a fascinating live link-up with CERN via the internet. They heard from CERN's Education Programme Manager about the scientific research currently being undertaken and the purpose of CERN, and were able to ask questions towards the end of the session.

Year 10 pupil Anna is a talented young footballer who has recently helped the Manchester City Academy girls' team to win a place in the U16 FA Cup Final.

The Under 12 Netball team this week were crowned Town Champions. The girls did very well in the group stages and semi-finals, and despite a closely-matched final against Thornleigh they emerged victorious.

Five Year 6 pupils from the Junior Girls' School have progressed to the ESSA National Finals after their success North West Division Primary Team Swimming Championships. The swimmers, who competed in two relays, are now looking ahead to the national competition in June.

Children in Years 1 and 2 at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School, enjoyed a day of circusology workshops. Pupils learned lots of new circus skills and worked on their balance, perseverance and patience along the way.

The Junior Girls' String Quartet won their category at the annual Ramsbottom Music Festival, which was the 25th to be held. As a result, they were invited to play at a celebration concert. A number of other musicians in the Junior Girls' School also took part and performed will in the competition.

Old Boy Peter Richards offered his personal advice to students in the Sixth Form when he returned to Bolton School this week. He has enjoyed a twenty-five year career in technology and the financial services industry, and passed on words of wisdom about both fields to the assembled students from both Divisions.

The Nursery Class celebrated Easter early by creating a colourful array of Easter Bonnets, with just a little adult assistance!